Journal Article

Obtaining Cooperation from Sudan — Where is the Law?

Göran Sluiter

in Journal of International Criminal Justice

Volume 6, issue 5, pages 871-884
Published in print November 2008 | ISSN: 1478-1387
Published online January 2009 | e-ISSN: 1478-1395 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jicj/mqn067
Obtaining Cooperation from Sudan — Where is the Law?

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While much indignation has been expressed in respect of Sudan's almost total lack of cooperation with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Darfur prosecution, a legal analysis has yet to be conducted. It is submitted that both the procedural and substantive aspects of the cooperation law pertaining to Sudan are problematic. The ICC Prosecutor has waited too long with the application for a judicial finding of non-compliance and has thereby unnecessarily jeopardized the enforcement process. Regarding the substantive cooperation law, to date, neither the Prosecutor nor any other ICC organ has shed light on three vital issues for the determination that Sudan has violated its cooperation duties. First, what is the applicable cooperation law? Second, does Security Council Resolution 1593 (2005) amount to an unacceptable discriminatory investigation and prosecution, invalidating the referral? Third, if one applies the ICC Statute to Sudan, how effective is this instrument in relation to an uncooperative state non-party?

Journal Article.  6884 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law ; International Law

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